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Karangahake Gorge

Explore this rainforest gorge which has tunnels hollowed out by gold miners a rushing river, and calm pools that provide an excellent spot for swimming in the summer.

Karangahake Gorge is known for its forest walk. Hike through remnants of gold mining pumps, glow worm inhabited tunnels, and old railways in this gorge carved out by the power of the Ohinemuri River. The walk from the park’s entry over a suspension bridge to its end at Waikino Station is roughly 4.5 miles (seven kilometers). Informational signposts along the way fill you in on the history of the area. There are shorter loop walks and parts of the track near to Waikino Station are accessible by car.

Don’t miss the Rail Tunnel loop walk. Carved into the rock, the half-mile (1 kilometre) tunnel features windows once used to dump waste, but now giving walkers a spectacular view out over the gorge. Explore the underground pump house where you’ll see remnants of mining machinery. If you search carefully, you’ll see glow worms on the roof. Pack a torch for this section of the walk. 

Halfway from Karangahake to Waikino deeper in the New Zealand rainforest is the Owharoa Falls area. Falls Retreat offers accommodation and bistro dining in a forest setting. Further on at the Victoria Battery Mine Railway and Museum, you’ll get an idea of just how big this gold mining operation was. In the early 1900s it was producing over half of New Zealand’s gold. Take a tour of the tunnels, see where the quartz was burned and crushed, or jump on a tram to explore the area. The Karangahake Gorge Historic Walkway is also open to cyclists.

There is a cluster of accommodation, a winery and restaurant at Karangahake, just off State Highway 2, near where the tracks begin. Train enthusiasts can take a little extra time to ride the heritage railway on vintage trains from Waikino Station to Waihi. 

Get to Karangahake Gorge by rental car or tour. Once there, explore the region by bike, car or on foot.


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3 bed Country Cottage
Reviewed on May 16, 2019
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3 bed Country Cottage

3 bed Country Cottage

Karangahake, Waikato
     
    4.7 of 5
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    Great location

    Karangahake Gold 'n Views Cottage $46
    Reviewed on Mar 18, 2019
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    Karangahake Gold 'n Views Cottage

    Karangahake Gold 'n Views Cottage

    21A John Cotter Rd, KARANGAHAKE, Paeroa
       
      4.3 of 5
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      The owners were very welcoming and took the time to explain the surrounding area and we took their advice and walked around one of the trails which was very pretty indeed.

      Karangahake Gold 'n Views Cottage
      Reviewed on Apr 22, 2019
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      Karangahake Gold 'n Views Cottage

      Karangahake Gold 'n Views Cottage

      Paeroa, Waikato
         
        4.8 of 5
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        We all enjoyed our night at the cottage, specially the little touches like the little Easter eggs on the bench upon arrival. Very friendly host will definitely come again.

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        Starry Starry Nights

        Waikino, Waikato
           
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          Situated in Coromandel Forest Park, this vacation home is 1.2 mi (1.9 km) from Owharoa Falls and within 6 mi (10 km) of Karangahake Gorge and Gold-mining Museum and Art Gallery. Waihi Arts Centre & Museum and Gilmour Reserve are also within 6 mi (10 km).

          Pedlars Motel $80
          Reviewed on Jun 14, 2019
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          Pedlars Motel

          Pedlars Motel

          2a Arney St, Paeroa
             
            4.8 of 5
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            Perfect Location for Nearly Everything
            Reviewed on Mar 28, 2019
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            Perfect Location for Nearly Everything

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            Paeroa, Waikato
               
              4.5 of 5
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              Great spot to start the Paeroa to Waihi leg of the cycle track. House clean and tidy. Great deck out the back to kick back on after the ride

              The Waterlily Gardens $101
              Reviewed on Feb 9, 2019
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              The Waterlily Gardens

              The Waterlily Gardens

              441 Pukekauri Road, Waihi
                 
                4.5 of 5
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                Beautifully set in lovely gardens it's a lovely spot of NZ. Nice and secluded so you really can get away from it all. Check in was easy and the host was very nice. The cabin had everything we needed for a night away from the kids. We had a nice walk around the gardens before sunset.

                Racecourse Motel Paeroa $85
                Reviewed on Apr 21, 2019
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                Racecourse Motel Paeroa

                Racecourse Motel Paeroa

                68 Thames Road, Paeroa
                   
                  4.3 of 5
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                  Very quiet, brand new condition, excellent shower for elderly or disabled.